Versa Networks, an SD-WAN startup that targets the service provider market, is partnering with Tata Communications on an SD-WAN service that Tata will make available in 130 countries. The service, called IZO SDWAN Select, is available now in India. U.S. availability is expected some time in 2017.
The service includes hardware deployed at customer branches and remote offices. The hardware is built around Intel servers that run Versa’s software and have been validated by Versa.
As with other SD-WAN products, the branch device lets customers mix and match MPLS, broadband, and LTE connections. Customers can set policies based on applications, such as sending business-critical or real-time traffic across an MPLS link, and YouTube traffic over best-effort broadband. It can also perform traffic conditioning for voice and video using Forward Error Correction, and move traffic to a secondary link if the primary fails. Versa says it can identify 2,600 applications.
Branch devices will also include next-gen firewall capabilities. Customers can send branch traffic through a hub site if they want to filter traffic through additional security services, including AV, IDS/IPS, and DDoS.
Branch devices are managed and monitored from a central controller, which will be hosted in Tata data centers and PoPs. Customers will access the controller remotely to manage branch devices, set policies, and monitor performance.
Providers Get On Board
Versa’s partnership with Tata Communications is part of a larger move by service providers and telcos to add SD-WAN services to their suite of offerings. Versa has also inked deals with RCN and CenturyLink.
And earlier this year, Versa competitor VeloCloud announced partnerships with AT&T and EarthLink.
Versa said the service provider approach appeals to many customers because the provider is a known entity. And providers with a global footprint may appeal to very large organizations that want round-the-clock services and technical support in multiple countries.